Flight Simulation

Key.Aero is home to PC Pilot, the world’s favourite flight simulation magazine which brings sense and expert opinion to the exciting and often daunting world of flight simulation. Contributors include many real-world pilots and aviation professionals to ensure what you read is as real as it gets. Articles cater for those interested in both civilian and military aircraft and include news on the latest standalone and add-on software products, news and reviews of flight sim hardware, tutorials, features and interviews.

Menorca for Microsoft Flight Simulator out now

Scenery developer, sim-wings has released a detailed rendition of Menorca Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator, sporting high-resolution aerial photographs and detailed airport buildings.

First-ever city update for Microsoft Flight Simulator now available

The Microsoft Flight Simulator team has released the first-ever city update for Microsoft Flight Simulator as well as sharing further details on the upcoming 40th Anniversary Edition.

Introducing DCS: Top End Australia map

Eagle Dynamics has announced the DCS: Top End Australia map by third-party developer, Check Six Simulations is now in development.

iniBuilds announces two new aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator 

Following iniBuilds announcement of the development of the Airbus A310 for Microsoft Flight Simulator in June this year, the company has announced two additional aircraft will be free for owners of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Yakutat for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Northern Sky Studio has announced that PAYA Yakutat Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

172SP Classic Enhancement pack for MSFS released

The 172SP Classic Enhancement pack offers improvements to the default Cessna 172 Skyhawk in Microsoft Flight Simulator with more realistic engine and electrical system modelling along with upgrades to the cockpit.

PMDG releases 737-800 for MSFS

PMDG has finally released its highly anticipated Boeing 737-800 for Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS).

Cessna U206G Stationair for X-Plane incoming

Thranda Design has announced the next aircraft in the Dynamic Generation Series, the Cessna U206G Stationair for X-Plane 11 is in development.

GSX Pro for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

FSDreamTeam has released a new version of GSX Pro for Microsoft Flight Simulator, adding realistic ground services such as pushback, catering, refuelling, baggage loading and marshalling.

DCS: F-100D Super Sabre in development

Eagle Dynamics has announced a new third-party developer, Grinnelli Designs, is working on the F-100D Super Sabre for DCS.

All the latest news and updates from the world’s favourite Flight Simulators

Whilst flight simulators have been around for over a century in one form or another, it is only since the advent of the home computer that hobbyists and home users have been able to get a taster of what it’s like to fly the real thing.

Since before World War One, military commanders have been using land-based facilities to train their pilots, these mechanical simulators are now seen as the precursors for modern computer simulators. In the late 1970s, the very first flight simulators using 3-D graphics were launched and they’ve been a staple of the home PC market ever since.

With more than 4 decades of advancements in computer processing power, the flight simulators of today are almost unrecognisable compared to those early versions, but the principles remain the same. Modern flight sims bring photo-realistic graphics, realistic weather conditions and faithful recreations of an enormous range of aircraft including civilian, military and historic aircraft.

Key Aero is the only place you need to go to find out all the latest news, updates and big new releases from the world’s most popular flight simulators including Microsoft, X-Plane and Aerofly FS 2.

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator has been around since the early 1980s with multiple versions, making it a popular choice amongst home and pro users. The latest version of the famous flight sim has taken the whole industry to another level, faithfully recreating the entire planet down to an accuracy of a centimetre and delivering this level of data via an online streaming connection. Serving data via a streaming service also opens up more avenues including real-time weather conditions and up-to-date maps and locations.

Discover great articles about all the latest updates and releases from Microsoft Flight Simulator.

X-Plane

Since the mid-90s, X-Plane has separated itself from the competition thanks to its use of real-world physics. This implementation has made it one of the most realistic simulators in terms of weather conditions, aerodynamics and user experience. However, the same algorithms that have made it possible to recreate the physics of the real world also enable users to create their own hypothetical aircraft and environments. In fact, X-Plane has even aided in the design and development of aircraft in the real world.

Read more about X-Plane.

Aerofly FS 2

Aerofly FS 2 has delivered some truly stunning, photo-realistic scenery as well as incredibly detailed cockpits and controls. As a result, the user experience is second to none. Aerofly have also built-in support for Virtual Reality (VR) headsets, allowing the user to fully immerse themselves into the virtual world.

Browse our flight simulation articles to find all the latest news from Aerofly, including new releases, software updates and forthcoming releases.

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